CITY OF PORTSMOUTH rose to the challenge to guarantee their Southern League division one status for another season.
Needing to secure at least second place from their final match of the season in Southampton, City upped their game and claimed the runners-up spot they so desperately required.
The result left them 12th overall in the final league standings after a difficult campaign.
But with four teams going down, they avoided relegation by the slimmest of margins.
Unavailability and injury had hampered the Mountbatten Centre-based outfit in previous outings.
However, that wasn’t a problem on this occasion.
And with numbers reinforced, they proved their opening-day victory on home soil was no fluke.
Among those in the points for City was the ever-reliable Adam Akehurst.
He won the men’s A-string 100m hurdles in a time of 16.74sec and also picked up valuable second-placed finishes in the javelin (54m 97cm) and discus, when he threw a season’s best 37.36.
In the women’s line-up, Emma Montiel also proved her worth.
The 38-year-old distance runner claimed first in the 3,000m in a time of 10.48.41.
She also grabbed two runners-up spots in the B-string 800m (2.38.98) and 1,500m (5.10.69).
Clare Netley continued her impressive season with key wins in the 400m B race (59.99) and 400m hurdles A-string (66.65).
Meanwhile, training partner Mandy Gault won the 400m A event (55.70) before running former Olympian Laura Turner close when finishing second in the 200m (25.36).
Victories were also registered by Alex Teuten (2,000m steeplechase A, 6.07.35) Tom Farres (pole vault A, 3.80), Steve Davey (pole vault B, 3.60), Vicki Harfield (long jump A, 5.40) and Michael Muckelt (javelin B, 53.21) as City secured second place and their division one status.